Do You Need to Line Your Draperies?

How do you protect delicate fabrics such as silk, from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun?  We are frequently asked by our clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes. 

The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight. DrapeStyle only uses Hanes brand linings and interlinings. Hanes is one of the best companies out there and they produce some of the highest quality linings in the business.

Kravet Riad Dune Shams and Coverlet

DrapeStyle includes our standard white lining and white flannel interlining on all silk draperies. Not only will this significantly protect the fabric against sun damage, it will add body and weight to the drape making it look more full and lush.

If more insulation is needed we suggest selecting blackout lining. The blackout material is comprised of a synthetic membrane that is about 99% impenetrable from the sun. In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets in the same room, from fading as well. Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves. DrapeStyle only charges $99 per drapery panel to add blackout lining which is a great deal considering what it could cost to replace sun damaged furniture and drapes.

Kravet Riad Dune Draperies and Shade

Most Interior Designers will suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their clients. They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.

If you would like more information about insulating, blackout or flannel linings, please see our lining guide or contact us. We’re here to help you create your dream drapes.

DrapeStyle Team


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Window Covering Myths

Jeffrey Alan Marks Oceanview Shade

Drapes should be hung on the window trim

Don’t cover up your beautiful trim molding! Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.

DrapeStyle customers can enjoy professional design services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!

Window treatments will make my home too dark

Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products for light control. See our lining guide for more information.

Kravet fabrics

Window coverings will block my views

Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution. Need more information? Review our measuring guide.

You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic

Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments.

Minimalistic window coverings

Window treatments are all the same

If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage.

Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc

A retail chain will have the best pricing

Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices, so do your research on the types of fabrics being used and the type of construction. In most cases, for the same price retail chains charge, you could purchase custom made window treatments from DrapeStyle in sizes you need, not the limited sizes the retail chains want to offer.

For more information or questions, please contact us.


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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be good to share some ideas on how to be more energy efficient. There are many things you can do to help make your home more energy efficient. Including our favorite, use interlined draperies in your home to keep the cold and heat out! Read on for more ideas that will help you save money in both the winter and summer months:

Get rid of energy vampires: cell phone chargers, electric toothbrushes, and other appliances still consume electricity even if they are not in use or turned off. By plugging them in just when they need to be used, you can save on average 6-8% of electricity, which accounts for an overall amount of $7 billion nationwide.

Replace Incandescent Bulbs: in 2014, manufacturers stopped producing 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs (100-watt and 75-watt bulbs were already phased out). But we’re not doomed to live in the dark. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient than your old incandescent bulbs. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.

Reverse your ceiling fan in winter: ceiling fans are more energy efficient than air conditioners, so if you can make the switch, do so. Secondly, ceiling fans can help keep your home warmer in the winter by simple reversing the fan’s direction to spin clockwise. In doing so, you’ll push the hot air downwards so that any heating that rises will be evenly distributed throughout your home.

Add Insulation to Your Attic: adding insulation to your attic can help seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs. The amount of insulation needed to cover your attic depends on your home’s size and the climate in your region, but you will recoup your money in a couple of years.

Wash your clothes with warm or cold water: 90% of the electricity consumed by your washer is used to heat up water. The next time you put a load in, make sure that you use soap that can be used with cold or warm water and adjust the settings.

Switch to low flow showers heads: the average shower head uses 5 gallons of water per minute, but changing them with low flow options you can reduce your consumption to 2.5 gallons per minute or less.

Buy Energy Star Products: Energy Star products, such as refrigerators, televisions, stoves, washers and air conditioners, meet energy-efficient specifications set by the EPA. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. If you plan to replace an appliance soon, consider getting an Energy Star-certified product.

Window treatments & rugs insulate your home: window treatments and rugs can be strategically used to maintain your home’s temperature. In the winter draw your drapes or shades at night to block out the cold air and keep the warmth in. Interlining your window coverings can add added insulation properties. Contact us for more information on this.


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Will My Silk Drapes Fade in The Sun?

A frequent Designer Dilemma is how to be sure that delicate and expensive fabrics are protected from the damaging UV Rays of the Sun.  We are frequently asked by our Clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes, they will.  We have Clients who purchase luxurious blue silk drapes, yellow silk drapes or our deep red silk drapes and are understandably concerned about fading of the rich colors in the fabrics.  The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight.  If possible we always suggest “blackout” lining as the blackout material is comprised of a sythetic membrane that is almost 100% inpenatrable from the sun.  Blackout lining is the best way to protect you silk drapes, or any drapery fabrics from fading.  In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets from fading as well.  Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves.  Most of the better Interior Decorators will almost always suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their Clients.  They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset Client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.
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Amazing Blackout Custom Curtains and Drapery

We did a little informal demonstration to better illustrate how much light blackout lined custom curtains and drapery eliminate.  The following photo is shot on a single window with two linen drapery panels.  One of the curtains was made with blackout lining and one was made with standard privacy lining.  The photo was shot on a hot and sunny afternoon.  The difference between the two curtain panels is quite dramatic.  When you see how much of the light is blocked by the blackout lining (95%) you really get a better understanding how using quality blackout lined curtains, drapery or roman shades would significantly lower you homes energy bills and save your interior upholstery fabrics from sun damage.   At DrapeStyle we encourage the use of blackout lining whenever the application is appropriate.  It certainly adds weight to the drapery but if you are using quality drapery hardware blackout is really the way to go when buying your next pair of custom drapery or curtains.

Blackout Lined Custom Curtains and Drapes
A good comparison of blackout lined curtains vs. normal lining

 
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